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CAPITAL CURRENTS: The other digital video transition

November 30, 2008 7:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Comments

During 2008 and 2009, broadcasters are exchanging their analog 2 GHz electronic newsgathering microwave transmitters for digital ones and converting to a new channel plan. But this transition is way behind schedule. Sprint Nextel is footing the bill because it gets some of the broadcasters’ ENG frequencies.

Reverse Path Design for Docsis 3.0 and Beyond - Part 2: Optical Link Dynamic Range

November 30, 2008 7:05 pm | by Lamar West, Ph.D. | Comments

This is the second in a series of articles about the set-up and operation of DOCSIS networks. The demands of DOCSIS 3.0 and 64-QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) in the upstream make it necessary to revisit our network design approach.

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Reverse Path Design for Docsis 3.0 and Beyond - Part 3: Link Budget and System Set-Up

November 30, 2008 7:00 pm | by Lamar West, Ph.D. | Comments

This is the third in a series of articles about the set-up and operation of DOCSIS networks. The demands of DOCSIS 3.0 and 64-QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) in the upstream make it necessary to revisit our network design approach.

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Web Extras - December 2008

November 30, 2008 7:00 pm | Comments

The article on DOCSIS 3.0 reverse path design has two companion pieces, also from author Lamar West. . .  In The Centralization of Decentralization: Increase Profitability While Preparing for Digital Conversion, Art Smuck argues that there’s money to be saved in reorganizing the supply chain leading in advance of the digital transition. . .  In DPI Platforms: Next Pot Of Gold For Telecommunications, Manish Singh argues that deep packet inspection (DPI) is going to be a critical enabler of traffic management and quality of service. . .

The Centralization of Decentralization: Increase Profitability While Preparing for Digital Conversion

November 23, 2008 7:00 pm | by Art Smuck, Vice President and General Manager, Operations, ATC Logistics & Electronics | Comments

In today’s extremely challenging economic environment, effective management of inventory assets is essential to the success of any business, regardless of industry.

DPI platforms next pot of gold for telecommunications

November 17, 2008 7:00 pm | by Manish Singh, VP of Product Line Management, Continuous Computing | Comments

It would only be fair to say that we are truly experiencing some very interesting times in telecom. Convergence is driving a seismic shift in the market and we are witnessing well-established giants stumble as new powers rise to capitalize on new opportunities.

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SCTE-142 sets new standard for transport stream monitoring

October 31, 2008 9:00 pm | by By: Dr. Richard Chernock, CTO of Triveni Digital, and Ralph Bachofen, senior director of product management and marketing for Triveni Digital | Comments

The complexity of the standards defining a “correct” cable DTV flow has made it difficult to perform effective monitoring and, in turn, ensure the customer’s viewing experience is not marred by visible or audible glitches.

Hey Dad, may I have some spending money?

October 31, 2008 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

Every year from 1999 to 2002, cable kept asking for, and getting, what amounted to one huge advance on its allowance after another. 2002 was when the adults in this equation – financial institutions – figuratively put their wallets back in their pockets.

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The Admiral of CableLabs

October 31, 2008 8:35 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Dick Green has been at the helm of CableLabs since its inception 20 years ago. Next year, he’ll move on. CED recently had a conversation with the only skipper CableLabs has ever had. In 1984, Dick Leghorn wrote a paper in which he laid out the rationale for cable operators to establish an R&D operation.

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Finding the needle in a haystack

October 31, 2008 8:30 pm | by Steve Liu, director of product management at Mixed Signals Inc. | Comments

When it comes to video services, “good enough” isn’t good enough anymore. Consumers are comparing the quality of video when choosing their video service. Subscribers’ quality of experience (QoE) is a competitive issue.

Grayson chucks retrans problem in FCC’s lap

October 31, 2008 8:25 pm | by CED Staff | Comments

Chuck Davis – owner and operator of TV Cable of Grayson County in Texas – has sent his subscribers information about the retrans issue and how it could affect their bills, a letter that subs can send to the FCC in support of abolishing the fees, and a postcard that subs can send to their local Congressional leader to ask for their support.

MSO networks: Packet-optical convergence for maximized network profits

October 31, 2008 8:20 pm | by Marcelo Blatt, director ofsolutions marketing at ECI Telecom | Comments

The intense competition for residential and business video, voice and high-speed Internet services is forcing MSOs to look for new revenue-generating engines. The result? MSOs are re-evaluating their next generation of services and the networks required to sustain them for the long run.

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IN PERSPECTIVE: Spare change

October 31, 2008 8:17 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor | Comments

We’ve got infinite space on the Web. Why not use some o’ that? So starting right now, we’re featuring more content on our Web site.

MEMORY LANE: TV’s new (and old) dimension

October 31, 2008 8:15 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer, Englewood, Colo. | Comments

The pitch session for the 1952 motion picture “Bwana Devil” must have been priceless: “It’s more than just a movie about man-eating lions,” the film’s eager promoter might have breathlessly explained. “It’s a movie about man-eating lions . . . in 3-D!”

The New State-of-the-Art in Status Monitoring

October 31, 2008 8:15 pm | by Eiji Miyazoe, President, CEO, OSS BroadNet, Inc. | Comments

One of the greatest challenges MSOs face in their migration to next-generation residential and business services is the need to meet unprecedented network performance requirements at reasonable costs with minimum disruption to customers when problems occur.

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